ONCE we got past 19, we were so sure we wouldn’t have to worry about seeing a pimple ever again. Zits are supposed to be a teenage thing, right? Unfortunately, some people still get acne through their 20s and 30s.
Now, I’m no dermatologist, but here’s what may be causing those little troublemakers:
* Unclean skin. The simple culprit could be not cleansing the face well enough. Our faces are exposed to pollution, sunblock, and makeup, which can all clog the pores and lead to pimples. It’s important to cleanse and tone to remove all traces of dirt before applying moisturizer.
* Sweat. Some friends have complained to me about bacne. As I suspected, it’s because they didn’t change out of their gym shirts immediately after working out. If a shower isn’t possible right after your sweat session, use wet wipes and change into clean clothes. Then shower at the first opportunity.
* Hormones. It is very common for women to get pimples at that time of the month. If the acne is severe or chronic, ask your doctor if you need to take medication to balance out your hormones.
* Stress. I am grateful I’ve never had bad acne except for the random giant zit that sometimes makes an appearance. I had a short but very frustrating bout with bacne for a few months in college due to stress. Stress affects your skin and overall health in many ways, so it’s really important to manage it.
Then what do you do with the little buggers?
* Cleanse gently but thoroughly. Apply pimple cream just on the spot, not the whole area around it because pimple cream is very drying. My acne would usually just be one giant pimple, as opposed to several smaller ones. Spot treatment is best in this case; 10 percent benzoyl peroxide always did the trick for me. Then just let nature do its thing as your skin rids itself of the pimple. Picking at it will only make it worse.
* Forget about it! Many times, the zit you felt was taking over your face is barely even noticeable to others. Putting concealer on a big zit will just call more attention, so let it be.
* If symptoms persist, the adage is true. Some people suffer from severe acne that gets to the point of being painful. See a doctor, who can help you determine the cause of your acne, and advise exactly what products or medication you need.